March 26, 2007
Contact: Richard Kulczewski
Phone: (303) 844-1302
Fertilizer company has operated for more than 40 years with no lost work time incidents
AURORA, Neb. -- The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has recognized CF Industries Inc. of Aurora for 15,000 consecutive days of operation without a lost-time incident. The company, a subsidiary of CF Holdings, Inc., is one of the largest manufacturers and distributors of nitrogen and phosphate fertilizer products in North America.
"For this facility to operate for more than 40 years without a lost-time incident is truly commendable and worthy of this special recognition," said Charles E. Adkins, administrator of OSHA's regional office in Kansas City, Mo. "This achievement is testimony to the cooperative efforts of management, employees and OSHA to build a culture of safety."
The CF Industries facility has been a "Star," or highest level, member of OSHA's elite Voluntary Protection Programs (VPP) since August 2001. The VPP, which now includes more than 1,600 worksites representing more than 270 industries nationwide, recognizes and promotes effective workplace safety and health management. The company was honored last week at a ceremony held at its plant in Aurora.
To qualify for VPP status, a site must meet or exceed all OSHA regulatory standards and submit to a review of its programs. Through the VPP, management, labor and OSHA establish cooperative relationships at sites that have implemented strong safety and health systems. Companies in VPP achieve average injury rates 50 percent lower than others in their respective industries.
Under the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, employers are responsible for providing safe and healthful workplaces for their employees. OSHA's role is to assure the safety and health of America's working men and women by setting and enforcing standards; providing training, outreach and education; establishing partnerships; and encouraging continual process improvement in workplace safety and health. For more information, visit www.osha.gov.
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